PRESS RELEASE Globe Award 2010 –

Leading Sustainability Awards The world’s best sustainable cities in the running for Globe Sustainable City Award 2010 STOCKHOLM, March 23, 2010 − Six cities extensively working in the sustainability area have been nominated for the Globe Sustainable City Award 2010. The City Award − one of four categories of the Globe Award − is given to municipalities all over the world which successfully contribute to increasing knowledge on sustainability.

One winner will be receiving the prestigious award on the 29th of April, at the gala dinner at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Globe Award is presented for the fourth consecutive time. The aim is to discover and encourage researchers, innovators, cities and companies which distinguish in sustainable development. Globe Award’s mission is to highlight and acknowledge particular cases and initiatives within sustainability area.

The jury consists of highly experienced and internationally recognized experts. Chairman of the jury group for the Sustainable City Award is Jan Sturesson, Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers and Global Leader of Government and Public Service in Sweden. “The selection process of most sustainable city has for the jury been a fantastic moment with unexpected good and professional applications from cities all around the globe. Sustainable development 2.0 with a fresh, innovative and holistic approach is definitely here to stay for the benefits of future citizens!” – says Jan Sturesson.

 The jury has evaluated the cities looking at a holistic perspective on sustainable development. Different kinds of resources and capitals have been taken into account, such as: • Environmental Capital – Natural Resources Preservation • Social Capital – Well being and Social Relations • Human and Intellectual Capital – Innovation and Social Intelligence • Technical and Infrastructure Capital – Transportation and ICT • Culture and Leisure Capital – Experience • Political Capital – Confidence and Public Trust • Financial Capital – Assets and Financial Management

The nominated cities are: • Curitiba, Brazil • Malmö, Sweden • Murcia, Spain • Songpa, South Korea • Stargard Szczecinski, Poland (the winner of Globe Award polish edition 2009) • Sydney, Australia The winner will be announced on the 7th of April.

For more information please contact: Lars-Olle Larsson, Chairman of the Globe Award jury, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers Sweden. Mobile: +46-709 29 39 83, e-mail: lars-olle.larsson@se.pwc.com Martina Nee, Manager Globe Award, Globe Forum, Stockholm, Sweden Mobile: +46-733 17 53 55, e-mail: martina.nee@globeforum.com

More information about the nominees for the Globe Sustainable City Award:

• Curitiba, Brazil – Municipal Master Plan indicates reorganization of the urban territory, considering drainage basins as basic planning units, Institutional strengthening, seeking the development of transversality in planning and environmental management processes as well as changes in production and consumption standards, reducing costs and waste;

• Malmö, Sweden – the city built its reputation around a heavy industrial core with large-scale manufacturing facilities in its Western Harbour (WH) which has become an urbanised district focused on energy and environment, mixed-use urban planning and architectural diversification integrated within the larger city centre;

• Murcia, Spain – the comprehensive plan; Sustainable Strategy, started with the introduction of sustainability criteria in the new urban developments, such as the demand of solar thermal facilities in the new homes for hot sanitary water demand and the demand of cycling line in the urban developments. Sustainable Strategy includes many distinguishing initiatives, such as Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan and other urban projects to improve the level of sustainability in many areas in the city;

• Songpa, South Korea – Song Pa presents an eco-friendly urban development project for the new millennium to execute a green and sustainable city construction. Waterway Songpa aims to restore the natural environment in the city that has been damaged due to accelerated development; it is a solution for ecological restoration, promotion of diverse life forms, and adaptation to climate changes;

• Stargard Szczecinski, Poland – the comprehensive project of revitalizing the former airfield area, shows the significance of sustainable approach to municipal projects, strategic planning, devising long term investment plans. Currently the airfield revitalization project is the object of study visits, which is the reason for pride among all involved;

• Sydney, Australia – the initiative Sustainable Sydney 2030 looks holistically at the city – its environment, economic, social and cultural life, its physical form and its future needs. The Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision is for a Green, Global, and Connected City.

The Jury: Jan Sturesson – Partner in PwC and Global Leader of Government and Public Service, Sweden Lawrence Bloom – Deputy Chairman of Noble Cities Plc. Chairs the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Urban Management and the UN Environmental Programme Green Economy Initiative sector on Green Cities, Buildings and Transport, UK Marilyn Hamilton – PhD, CGA is the founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. and TDG Global Learning Connections, Canada C. S. Kiang – professor, Chairman of Peking University Environment Fund, China Carlos Arruda – PhD, Chairman of the Unicon, Director of the International Relations and coordinator of the Innovation Central Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), Brazil

Globe Award was founded in 2007 in Sweden by the international business network and marketplace Globe Forum. Globe Award 2010 is acknowledging prominent researchers, innovators, cities and companies – from all parts of the world – within four categories Sustainability Research Award, Sustainability Innovation Award, Sustainable City Award and the Sustainability Reporting Award; www.globeaward.org, www.globeforum.com

About the Author:

HI I am the Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. and Chief Blogger. Working with cities and eco-regions, I ‘meshwork’ or weave people, purpose, priorities, profits, programs and processes to align contexts, grow capacity and develop strategies for sustainability and resilience in the Integral City. You can read more details about me here http://integralcity.com/about/about-the-founder/

One Comment

  1. Xi Dam April 7, 2010 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Hello – This is great Green Easter news!
    Why not start here on plastic packaging with Stockholm as the First European Green Capital 2010. Thrown away trash ends up in the water!!

    Please see:
    http://plasticpolicy.eu

    beautiful =/ environmental

Leave A Comment